noun (plural same)
1A member of a people living mainly in southern Moldova and speaking a Turkic language.
- The 1994 constitution and subsequent legislation safeguarded the rights of minorities, and in the same year broad autonomous powers were granted to the Gagauz.
- By last year's end, that faction moved to reactivate the once-close relationship between the Gagauz and Tiraspol.
- Moldova has historically been home to a large number of ethnic groups, including Russians, Ukrainians, Gagauz (a Turkish group of the Christian faith), Gypsies, Jews, Poles, and Germans.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Gagauz, closely related to Turkish and having about 150,000 speakers.
- Azeri (also referred to as Azeri Turkish) or Azerbaijani is a Turkic language in the Altaic family; it belongs to the southwestern Oguz group, together with Anatolian Turkish, Turkmen, and Gagauz.
- The most common being translations from Gagauz to English and translations from English to Gagauz.
Relating to the Gagauz or their language.
- On 24 May 1992, two Moldavian policemen were killed when they tried to stop delivery of a consignment to ethnic Gagauz militants, according to local press accounts.
- A new constitution granted autonomous status to the Dnestr and Gagauz regions but, despite the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Dnestr region in 1995, the situation remains tense.
- The conflict with the Gagauz minority was defused by the granting of local autonomy in 1994.
Probably from Persian Kaykaus, perhaps from the name of Sultan Izzedin Kaykaus (reigned 1242–57).
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